Dublin Tree Map

Dublin City Council Launches ‘Dublin Tree Map’, a Citizen Science engagement

Dublin City Council has launched a new initiative aimed at mapping the trees we have throughout the city, and seeing where the deficits are.

It’s a sort of health check on our urban forest, a chance to identify what trees we have and learn how important they are.

Announcing the initiative, as part of the City Biodiversity Action Plan, the Lord Mayor of Dublin Tom Brabazon, encouraged public support:  “There are probably about 300,000 trees that we need records for – please help us to meet our goal! If you are home from school, maybe you can record trees in your garden or on your street? We would be delighted if you can post on social media your efforts to help spread the word and help us to get more people recording trees! How many trees can you identify within 5 kilometres of your home? The more that people provide information about our trees, the better we can find out about the biodiversity of our trees and all of the benefits they provide us.”

The benefit of the Dublin Tree Map and the public collaboration is to raise awareness of the importance of trees in our capital city and identify areas or pockets of the city which have a deficit of trees. In addition, it will provide information on the species diversity from which we can examine the potential threats from pest and plant diseases due to changes in our climate. 

Dublin City Council’s Tree Officer Ludovic Beaumont said: “The engagement of the public in the Dublin Tree Map will give us a complete picture of our urban forest, a visual depiction of the species diversity and distribution throughout the city. We are asking everyone to record at least one tree in their locality and to put the information into the Dublin City Trees geoportal (https://www.curio.xyz/orgs/100/profile/collections) or use the Curio-xyz mobile app. Using the app, the public can view the mapped trees, add any trees that haven’t been mapped, photos, stories and - importantly - species information. Observations can be added on any tree in a garden, street or local park.

From the statuesque Plane trees in the city centre, the woodlands in our parks and the smaller trees in residential streets and gardens, all trees add beauty and seasonal colour to neighbourhoods throughout the city. Biodiversity is enhanced by their presence, air quality is improved and trees have significant benefits for human health and well-being. The value of trees to our planet’s health by storing carbon, degrading pollutants and improving soils is well acknowledged."

This project is a collaboration between Dublin City Councils Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services; the School of Geography at University College Dublin and Mapping Green Dublin, whose research was funded by the E.P.A.; and Breadboard Labs, Ltd., Ireland, designers of the Curio app.

Information about Curio can be found on the webpage, www.curio-eco.com, which also contains links to the app on the Google Playstore and Apple Appstore

Dublin City Council’s Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services is committed to conserving the City’s trees and woodlands, increasing tree population and improving the resilience of our urban forest. You can find details concerning our Dublin Tree Strategy on Dublin City webpage (http://www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin...) and you can also follow some of our latest projects on Instagram @dublincitycouncilparks.

For queries on the Dublin Tree Strategy:  Ludovic Beaumont, City Tree Officer, Parks, Biodiversity and Landscape Services, Dublin City Council, ludovic.beaumont@dublincity.ie

For queries on the City Biodiversity Action Plan:  Maryann Harris, Senior Executive Parks and Landscape Officer, maryann.harris@dublincity.ie

For queries on the data or Mapping Green Dublin project (https://mappinggreendublin.com/):  Professor Gerald Mills, gerald.mills@ucd.ie